The tāhei snare consisted of a number of hanging nooses. Fowlers identified trees, streams or pools that were visited by birds. Tūī were snared on the kōwhai tree in flower, and on smaller trees. Large numbers were often caught, and were described in the saying ‘Me te raparapa tuna’ (like a row of eels spitted by the fire).
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Reference: Elsdon Best, Forest lore of the Maori. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1942
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